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Tapes reveal WMD plans by Saddam (Rowan Scarborough)
The Washington Times ^ | 3-13-06 | Rowan Scarborough

Posted on 03/12/2006 10:29:27 PM PST by smoothsailing

Tapes reveal WMD plans by Saddam

By Rowan Scarborough

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Published March 13, 2006

Audiotapes of Saddam Hussein and his aides underscore the Bush administration's argument that Baghdad was determined to rebuild its arsenal of weapons of mass destruction once the international community had tired of inspections and left the Iraqi dictator alone.     

In addition to the captured tapes, U.S. officials are analyzing thousands of pages of newly translated Iraqi documents that tell of Saddam seeking uranium from Africa in the mid-1990s.     

The documents also speak of burying prohibited missiles, according to a government official familiar with the declassification process.     

But it is not clear whether Baghdad did what the documents indicate, said the U.S. official, who asked not to be named.     

"The factories are present," an Iraqi aide tells Saddam on one of the tapes, made by the dictator in the mid-1990s while U.N. weapons inspectors were searching for Baghdad's remaining stocks of weapons of mass destruction.     

"The factories remain, in the mind they remain. Our spirit is with us, based solely on the time period," the aide says, according to the documents. "And [inspectors] take note of the time period, they can't account for our will."     

The quote is from roughly 12 hours of taped conversations that unexpectedly landed in the lap of Bill Tierney, a former Army warrant officer and Arabic speaker who was translating for the FBI tapes unearthed in Iraq after the invasion.     

Mr. Tierney made a copy, which he provided to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. The committee in turn gave a copy to intelligence analysts who authenticated the voice as that of Saddam.     

Mr. Tierney said that the quote from the Saddam aide, and scores of others, show Saddam was rebuilding his once-ample weapons stocks.     

"The tapes show...

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1 posted on 03/12/2006 10:29:28 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Holy WMD cover up, ss!


2 posted on 03/12/2006 10:35:09 PM PST by Herford Turley (Conservatism will save America)
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To: Herford Turley
I thought the WMD's were just the evil Bush's excuse to steal Saddam's oil. Imagine my surprise! :-)
3 posted on 03/12/2006 10:39:42 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: Herford Turley

The left and LMSM immediately leaped into their best ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ mode of silence on the matter.


4 posted on 03/12/2006 10:39:58 PM PST by Ursus arctos horribilis
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To: smoothsailing

I know. I'm in shock and awe, ss. In shock and awe!

:-)


5 posted on 03/12/2006 10:43:55 PM PST by Herford Turley (Conservatism will save America)
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To: Ursus arctos horribilis

You know this won't be trumpeted from the MSM. It'll have to be the sluts at FOX News and talk radio that continue to trupet it.

:-)


6 posted on 03/12/2006 10:45:00 PM PST by Herford Turley (Conservatism will save America)
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To: smoothsailing

With so much post-war evidence to go through still who knows what is to come. But I see a large serving of crow is on the future menu for the anti-war moonbats.


7 posted on 03/12/2006 10:46:01 PM PST by Names Ash Housewares
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To: smoothsailing
Audiotapes of Saddam Hussein and his aides underscore the Bush administration's argument that Baghdad was determined to rebuild its arsenal of weapons of mass destruction once the international community had tired of inspections and left the Iraqi dictator alone.

Well duh, any moron knows that...unless you're not, and you're an idiot, a DemocRat, a LSM idiot.

8 posted on 03/12/2006 10:46:25 PM PST by demlosers (Kerry: "Impeach Bush, filibuster Alito, withdraw from Iraq, send U235 to Iran, elect me President!")
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To: Bookmaestro

but timmie russert told us 1,000 times this was not true....


9 posted on 03/12/2006 10:50:22 PM PST by fooman (Get real with Kim Jung Mentally Ill about proliferation)
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To: demlosers
Yeah, but they think Saddam was good for Iraq, and the evil Bush was just miffed because Saddam tried to off his daddy.
10 posted on 03/12/2006 11:00:13 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: Herford Turley
It'll have to be the sluts at FOX News and talk radio that continue to trumpet it.

Not to mention the sluts on internet forums.

That didn't come out right.

11 posted on 03/12/2006 11:07:42 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (Peace Begins in the Womb)
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To: smoothsailing

I'm wonder where they're going to go with this....?


12 posted on 03/12/2006 11:43:32 PM PST by Rick_Michael
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To: smoothsailing
Lest we forget:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1511842/posts

13 posted on 03/12/2006 11:46:10 PM PST by Cobra64
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To: Cobra64
Good grab,Cobra.

FLASHBACK

14 posted on 03/12/2006 11:56:19 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Thanks. I keep that link as a Favorite Place and use when necessary to prove the Dem's hypocracy. Maybe more of us here on FR might want to use it when arguing with a Liberal moonbat.


15 posted on 03/13/2006 12:00:35 AM PST by Cobra64
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To: Cobra64
I went ahead and bookmarked it, definitely a keeper.
16 posted on 03/13/2006 12:02:44 AM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Bookmark


17 posted on 03/13/2006 12:06:15 AM PST by 1035rep
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To: smoothsailing

bttt


18 posted on 03/13/2006 12:07:05 AM PST by nopardons
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To: smoothsailing
The documents also speak of burying prohibited missiles

but but...how could they bury something they didn't have? (sarc)

19 posted on 03/13/2006 1:00:37 AM PST by maine-iac7 ("...BUT YOU CAN'T FOOL ALL THE PEOPLE ALL THE TIME." Lincoln)
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To: smoothsailing; Cobra64
Yes, excellent reminder. And worth re-posting the key text here:

CLINTON: Good evening.

Earlier today, I ordered America's armed forces to strike military and security targets in Iraq. They are joined by British forces. Their mission is to attack Iraq's nuclear, chemical and biological weapons programs and its military capacity to threaten its neighbors.

20 posted on 03/13/2006 3:16:44 AM PST by advance_copy (Stand for life, or nothing at all)
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To: advance_copy

Quote taken from the speech to the nation by Bill Clinton on December 16, 1998.


21 posted on 03/13/2006 3:17:47 AM PST by advance_copy (Stand for life, or nothing at all)
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To: MizSterious

WMD ping


22 posted on 03/13/2006 3:26:10 AM PST by Peach
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To: Peach

I keep hearing of these satellite photos of trailer truck convoys going into Syria just before the American invasion .Why cant we see these photos?


23 posted on 03/13/2006 4:01:12 AM PST by ballplayer
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To: ballplayer

They're classified, of course.


24 posted on 03/13/2006 4:17:53 AM PST by Fresh Wind (Democrats are guilty of whatever they scream the loudest about.)
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To: ballplayer

I see that someone said the photos are classified.

That's not quite correct. Colin Powell showed them to the UN Security Council in the fall of 2002 and they were viewed on live television.


25 posted on 03/13/2006 4:31:09 AM PST by Peach
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To: smoothsailing

This made for a nice front-page headline while browsing at the local 7-11 this morning.


26 posted on 03/13/2006 4:58:51 AM PST by Coop (FR= a lotta talk, but little action - now do you know what my tagline means?!?)
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To: Peach
Colin Powell showed them to the UN Security Council in the fall of 2002...

That doesn't mean that they aren't still classified.

In many cases, the classification depends on the resolution of the photograph. A low resolution version might not be classified, but a high resolution version will almost certainly be, if only for the fact that the degree of resolution reveals as much about our capabilities as they do about the actual subject of the photo.

Pictures of trucks don't mean much unless you also have pictures of identifiable material being loaded into the trucks or being unloaded at the destination. In the months leading up to the invasion, you can be darn well sure we were doing every possible form of satellite surveillance of Iraq. The pictures we would really want to see almost certainly exist and are guaranteed to be classified. Powell would have never had these photos at the UN.

Having said all that, always remember-this is the government. Logic need not apply.

27 posted on 03/13/2006 5:17:34 AM PST by Fresh Wind (Democrats are guilty of whatever they scream the loudest about.)
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To: smoothsailing
the evil Bush was just miffed because Saddam tried to off his daddy.

Which, BTW, is an act of war in most people's eyes. Just MHO.

28 posted on 03/13/2006 5:38:13 AM PST by Hardastarboard (HEY - Billy Joe! You ARE an American Idiot!)
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To: Fresh Wind

That's true.


29 posted on 03/13/2006 5:41:15 AM PST by Peach
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To: Fresh Wind
This is one of the photos Sec. Powell showed the UN:


30 posted on 03/13/2006 5:51:56 AM PST by Quilla
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To: ballplayer

When does this white house start playing the tapes of Yariq Aziz spilling his guts on everything Sadam was up to.This slow dip info could take years.Aziz knows it all.Get him front and center before the msm and be done with it.


31 posted on 03/13/2006 6:18:18 AM PST by magua
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To: Herford Turley

dems are slowing fanning their fingertips on their bottom, drooling lip:
Dems: "Oh yeah? Well whadabout Cheney shootin' that guy in Texas!!! Impeach him! :)


32 posted on 03/13/2006 6:24:42 AM PST by Tulsa Ramjet ("If not now, when?")
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To: Tulsa Ramjet

Then something happened that Col. McMaster had not planned for: Politicians in Baghdad forced a delay of three more days, apparently concerned about civilian casualties.

Ware says to the soldiers, he was with it looked like the delay gave al Qaeda time to escape.

"The al Qaeda presence in Tal Afar was surrounded. And the attack was primed. And then it was stopped dead in its tracks. And so, as the troops I was with battled throughout the day and into the night with al Qaeda fighters so close you could throw a stone and hit them, when we woke up the next morning — poof — they were gone!" says Ware.


This is why Iraq is a mess, and because of politicians it is why we havent won a real "war" since ww2.


33 posted on 03/13/2006 6:28:56 AM PST by Btrp113Cav
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"This is why Iraq is a mess, and because of politicians it is why we havent won a real "war" since ww2."

Not sure why you replied as you did. But, thought I would make a remark about our occupation and its conduct. I'm reading a book by an former military intell officer who aptly remarked that the civilian leaders (i.e. undersecretaries) with no prior military experience that are running the show are like "virgins writing sex manuals."


34 posted on 03/13/2006 6:35:00 AM PST by Tulsa Ramjet ("If not now, when?")
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To: smoothsailing
Wait a minute ... this weekend on ABC's evening news Bill Wier (or, whatever his name) stated clearly that Saddam didn't have weapons of mass destruction, that he only said he did to intimidate Iran. Wier was so sincere ... which, given the facts to the contrary, makes Wier one liberal dumb sum-of-a-b****.
35 posted on 03/13/2006 6:36:51 AM PST by BluH2o
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To: smoothsailing
From the article:

  "Terrorism is coming ... with the Americans," Saddam said. "With the Americans, two years ago, not a long while ago, with the English I believe, there was a campaign ... with one of them, that in the future there would be terrorism with weapons of mass destruction."
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 Of the tapes released so far, Mr. Hoekstra said, "Everything [Saddam] is doing is saying, 'Let's take it and hide it' with a clear intent. 'As soon as this is over, we're going to be back after this.' "
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Mr. Duelfer concluded that Saddam planned to resume weapons of mass destruction production once the United Nations lifted economic sanctions.

36 posted on 03/13/2006 6:50:04 AM PST by Ooh-Ah
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To: smoothsailing
The issue wasn't that Saddam had WMD's, but whether or not he had Stockpiles. This means, he had to have had his WMD's piled in a specific arrangment, to a certain height.

If there were no Stockpiles, then Bush lied, and troops died.

37 posted on 03/13/2006 7:00:11 AM PST by C210N (Bush SPYED, Terrorists DIED!)
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To: smoothsailing

Page 32Z?


38 posted on 03/13/2006 7:21:52 AM PST by freema (Proud Marine FRiend, Mom, Aunt, Sister, Friend, Wife, Daughter, Niece)
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To: C210N
The issue wasn't that Saddam had WMD's, but whether or not he had Stockpiles. This means, he had to have had his WMD's piled in a specific arrangment, to a certain height.

If there were no Stockpiles, then Bush lied, and troops died.

Three questions:

Are you saying Saddam was innocent if he had moved his stockpiles?

Do you think his capabilities and plans for future WMD's, when the coast was clear, were irrelevant?

And, do you also believe the "Oil-for-Food" money bought food for starving women and children?


39 posted on 03/13/2006 7:22:42 AM PST by Ooh-Ah
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To: smoothsailing
This is too difficult for the Mainstream Media to dig into and digest. It will require a lot of work and analysis.

Instead, if we want to discuss boring stuff like WMDs, let's talk about how Bush and Cheney lied and illegally exposed Valerie Plame...

40 posted on 03/13/2006 7:24:55 AM PST by Gritty (Five years after 9/11, it's astonishing how little we still know about the West's Muslims-Mark Steyn)
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To: smoothsailing

Oh, how sweet it would be for the President to hold a news conference and read translated Iraqi documents about the attempts to get uranium.


41 posted on 03/13/2006 7:32:27 AM PST by doug from upland (Stopping Hillary should be a FreeRepublic Manhattan Project)
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To: smoothsailing; OXENinFLA
Mr. Tierney made a copy, which he provided to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. The committee in turn gave a copy to intelligence analysts who authenticated the voice as that of Saddam.

Sould we email this to Rusty Feingold???

42 posted on 03/13/2006 7:52:20 AM PST by Mo1 ("Stupidity is also a gift from God, but it should not be abused." Pope John Paul II)
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To: advance_copy
I tried to email Rush, but for some reason my puter wants to take me through AOL (which I cancelled months ago) to email El Rushbo. Pisses me off.

Maybe other FReepers can get this to Rush:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1511842/posts

Thanks guys.

43 posted on 03/13/2006 8:10:24 AM PST by Cobra64
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To: smoothsailing

bump


44 posted on 03/13/2006 8:13:53 AM PST by VOA
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To: smoothsailing
"Audiotapes of Saddam Hussein and his aides underscore the Bush administration's argument that Baghdad was determined to rebuild its arsenal of weapons of mass destruction once the international community had tired of inspections and left the Iraqi dictator alone. In addition to the captured tapes, U.S. officials are analyzing thousands of pages of newly translated Iraqi documents that tell of Saddam seeking uranium from Africa in the mid-1990s."

Well, whattaya know...Joe Wilson was lying all along, as are most RATS.

45 posted on 03/13/2006 8:22:00 AM PST by relent_less (Strategy for Iraq: Win the War...Win the Peace!)
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To: smoothsailing
See also:
Saddam Had WMD ( What the Damning Tapes tell us )

Posted on 02/27/2006 11:43:21 AM PST by SirLinksalot


LIVE THREAD: CSPAN 2 - The Saddam Tapes and WMD translations NOW (12:20pm PST)

Posted on 02/21/2006 12:23:22 PM PST by cgk


46 posted on 03/13/2006 8:24:38 AM PST by george wythe
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To: Cobra64
"Slick Willie Bombs Iraq!!"

December 16, 1998
CLINTON: Good evening. Earlier today, I ordered America's armed forces to strike military and security targets in Iraq. They are joined by British forces. Their mission is to attack Iraq's nuclear, chemical and biological weapons programs and its military capacity to threaten its neighbors."

The RATS will try and convince you that Clinton's bombings wiped out Soddom's WMDs, but that is a LIE!!

47 posted on 03/13/2006 8:25:55 AM PST by relent_less (Strategy for Iraq: Win the War...Win the Peace!)
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To: Cobra64

BTW...I forwarded this to Rush.


48 posted on 03/13/2006 8:26:49 AM PST by relent_less (Strategy for Iraq: Win the War...Win the Peace!)
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To: smoothsailing

Drudge isn't even talking about this yet (but I sent him the link). And the only direct WMD quote from the tape talks about how the factories could be rebuilt, or at least that's what it seems to say. This still seems like an almost-story that's not quite ready for release.


49 posted on 03/13/2006 8:32:05 AM PST by Tarantulas ( Illegal immigration - the trojan horse that's treated like a sacred cow)
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To: Tarantulas
The story has been around FR for about a month:

Intelligence Summit to Air 'Saddam's WMD Tapes'

Posted on 02/15/2006 9:55:42 AM PST by Jeremiah2911


Copies of Saddam tapes available

Posted on 02/18/2006 11:46:39 AM PST by Alex Marko

IntelligentSummit.org

50 posted on 03/13/2006 8:38:15 AM PST by george wythe
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